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Overnight trading saw the start of a modest recovery at the CBOT with corn finishing 3.5 cents higher, soybeans up 5.75 cents and wheat gaining 3 cents. Weather forecasts late Thursday afternoon/evening issued a notably drier outlook for the eastern Corn Belt that poses some threat to the struggling corn and soybean crops there. Combined with technical indicators that were approaching oversold levels, cautious commercial and fund buying gave the markets a boost. The day session featured more of the same with the major ag commodities (except livestock) finishing in the green. The only real factors pushing the markets higher were technical buying at major support points and the return of weather worries for the U.S. crop. Activity was n...

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